Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions AP Calculus Program -What are the benefits of taking the AP calculus stream courses? -Are the lessons going to be done at a faster pace to fit the more advanced material? Is it going to be harder? -How will my marks be affected by taking an AP stream course? -What is going to be evaluated in the course and on the final exam? -Can one join the AP stream from any grade? -Do I have to write the AP exam? Which universitites recognize the AP exam? -How much does the AP exam cost? What is it like? Other info about the AP exam. What are the benefits of taking the AP calculus stream courses? Widespread research confirms that those students that take AP Calculus do significantly better in university/college, with higher graduation rates, graduating in fewer years, earning better marks, landing better jobs, and living overall more-productive, more-satisfying, and extraordinary lives.  Take a look at related careers  associated with taking AP calculus AB. to TOP Are the lessons going to be done at a faster pace than a regular course to fit the more advanced material? Is it going to be harder? Yes and no. There is quite a bit of overlap in the courses, that’s one of the reasons why five semesters of material can be fit into four. So yes, it will be faster in one sense, since we will not be spending too much time reviewing past material. And no, it will not be done at a faster pace when it comes to the pace of learning new material. For schedule see course outline. The difference between high-school level calculus and AP calculus is one of scope and not level of difficulty. AP Calculus includes techniques and applications of the derivative, the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. It is equivalent to at least a semester of calculus at most colleges and universities. (AB version is one semester, BC version is two semesters). to TOP How will my marks be affected by taking an AP stream course? Take a look at the statistics of marks from past grades.  Scroll down on that page to see the AP stream stats and compare to the regular stream data. Being good at math comes down to having good work habits. Do expect to work hard and practice lots.  This expectation would be true of the regular stream math course but more so in the AP stream.  Also, to ensure no-one is left struggling, there will be weekly afterschool homework sessions just for the AP streamed students where students can complete their math homework together and have the help of the teacher if needed. to TOP What is going to be evaluated in the course and on the final exam? The tests and assignments will cover everything you end up learning in the semester, however any material that comes from the next course will be put under a different category so that it can be carried and reported on in its proper time frame.  For example in gr10 course, if the enrichment topics from gr11 hurt your gr10 mark, they will not be counted. The gr11 material you learn in gr10 will be carried over to next semester gr11 course. Of course all marks will stay if they boost you up in any way (but it’s all entries or none – can’t pick and choose). At the end of the semester if you are not happy with the gr11 marks that are being carried over, switch to a regular stream and do those topics again. You cannot redo evaluations to try to stay in the AP stream, so work hard and choose the next course wisely.If using the marks from the topics of the next course. to TOP Can one join the AP stream from any grade? No, but you are able to learn the material independently using this website. You can easily switch from the AP stream back to regular stream at beginning/end of any semester, but you cannot get into the AP stream except  at the grade 10 level.  This is because some material from the next grade level is shifted to the earlier grade. to TOP Do I have to write the AP exam in May? No, you do not.  The AP exam in May is graded by the College Board. Cost of it is above the $100 mark. It is optional. There is no disadvantage of scoring badly on this exam, but if you score a particular average on the exam it can count as a university credit for some universities, visit the College Board website to see if your university of choice will accept it as a credit. Look at the Calculus AB program not Calculus BC since the less in depth program will run at Notre Dame. (The BC program involves more university level material which you can learn independently if you so wish.)   Even if your university of choice will not accept the AP Calculus course as a university credit, please consider the following: Math is always easier when reinforced more than once. So there is a great advantage of learning the university material before most of the other students. Students that take the AP Calculus have a better chance in reaching higher marks in their first year of university. to TOP How much does the AP exam cost? What is it like? Other info about the AP exam. Cost.  You must convert this cost to Canadian $. About the exam. Summary of topics to know. Past exam questions. Another teachers’s site. Other resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions AP Calculus Program -What are the benefits of taking the AP calculus stream courses? -Are the lessons going to be done at a faster pace to fit the more advanced material? Is it going to be harder? -How will my marks be affected by taking an AP stream course? -What is going to be evaluated in the course and on the final exam? -Can one join the AP stream from any grade? -Do I have to write the AP exam? Which universitites recognize the AP exam? -How much does the AP exam cost? What is it like? Other info about the AP exam. What are the benefits of taking the AP calculus stream courses? Widespread research confirms that those students that take AP Calculus do significantly better in university/college, with higher graduation rates, graduating in fewer years, earning better marks, landing better jobs, and living overall more-productive, more-satisfying, and extraordinary lives.  Take a look at related careers associated with taking AP calculus AB. to TOP Are the lessons going to be done at a faster pace than a regular course to fit the more advanced material? Is it going to be harder? Yes and no. There is quite a bit of overlap in the courses, that’s one of the reasons why five semesters of material can be fit into four. So yes, it will be faster in one sense, since we will not be spending too much time reviewing past material. And no, it will not be done at a faster pace when it comes to the pace of learning new material. For schedule see course outline. The difference between high-school level calculus and AP calculus is one of scope and not level of difficulty. AP Calculus includes techniques and applications of the derivative, the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. It is equivalent to at least a semester of calculus at most colleges and universities. (AB version is one semester, BC version is two semesters). to TOP How will my marks be affected by taking an AP stream course? Take a look at the statistics of marks from past grades.  Scroll down on that page to see the AP stream stats and compare to the regular stream data. Being good at math comes down to having good work habits. Do expect to work hard and practice lots.  This expectation would be true of the regular stream math course but more so in the AP stream.  Also, to ensure no-one is left struggling, there will be weekly afterschool homework sessions just for the AP streamed students where students can complete their math homework together and have the help of the teacher if needed. to TOP What is going to be evaluated in the course and on the final exam? The tests and assignments will cover everything you end up learning in the semester, however any material that comes from the next course will be put under a different category so that it can be carried and reported on in its proper time frame.  For example in gr10 course, if the enrichment topics from gr11 hurt your gr10 mark, they will not be counted. The gr11 material you learn in gr10 will be carried over to next semester gr11 course. Of course all marks will stay if they boost you up in any way (but it’s all entries or none – can’t pick and choose). At the end of the semester if you are not happy with the gr11 marks that are being carried over, switch to a regular stream and do those topics again. You cannot redo evaluations to try to stay in the AP stream, so work hard and choose the next course wisely.If using the marks from the topics of the next course. to TOP Can one join the AP stream from any grade? No, but you are able to learn the material independently using this website. You can easily switch from the AP stream back to regular stream at beginning/end of any semester, but you cannot get into the AP stream except at the grade 10 level.  This is because some material from the next grade level is shifted to the earlier grade. to TOP Do I have to write the AP exam in May? No, you do not.  The AP exam in May is graded by the College Board. Cost of it is above the $100 mark. It is optional. There is no disadvantage of scoring badly on this exam, but if you score a particular average on the exam it can count as a university credit for some universities, visit the College Board website to see if your university of choice will accept it as a credit. Look at the Calculus AB program not Calculus BC since the less in depth program will run at Notre Dame. (The BC program involves more university level material which you can learn independently if you so wish.)   Even if your university of choice will not accept the AP Calculus course as a university credit, please consider the following: Math is always easier when reinforced more than once. So there is a great advantage of learning the university material before most of the other students. Students that take the AP Calculus have a better chance in reaching higher marks in their first year of university. to TOP How much does the AP exam cost? What is it like? Other info about the AP exam. Cost.  You must convert this cost to Canadian $. About the exam. Summary of topics to know. Past exam questions. Another teachers’s site. Other resources.